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Last week Marnie Stern announced that she’d setup a kissing both (with her as the kissed) at her two weekend shows with Gang Gang Dance in San Francisco and Los Angeles. (That’s what she was in training for, see?) The cost: $3 for a peck on the cheek, $10 for a kiss on the lips, and $100 if you wanted to go French. It turns out she did the booths to raise money to pay for a speeding ticket and other traffic violations. She’s brave. Of course, someone took her up on her offer. Though, according to this review of her San Francisco stint, it wasn’t as many as you might’ve guessed.

At the end of Marnie Stern’s set, a sizable group of people crowded around her side of the stage, declaring their love and asking for hugs. But to my dismay, I went out in the lobby later on and witnessed a similar group of people just, uh, standing around. And though the kissing offer was literally on the table, they were just, uh, awkwardly talking to Marnie Stern. And, um, buying a shirt, I guess. And, do you … think I could have another hug?

It was excruciating. Goddamn indie hipsters are a bunch of pansy-ass Holden Caulfields who can’t get over their own imagined degradation of giving a girl $10 for a kiss, I grumbled to myself. Whatever happened to all the fun in the world?!

But after about 10 minutes, a good sign walked into the room. To be precise: a tall mid-20s boy, with a slender face and large eyes. Lanky, plaid shirt. He approached the table and conspicuously pointed to the sign.

“Is the kissing booth open?” he asked.

Finally! Marnie Stern jumped up, pointed her arms in the air and let out a “whoo-hoo!” while doing a small, excited dance. A customer!

The boy pointed to the “lips” option, and handed a $10 bill to Stern, who was more than willing to deliver the goods. Boy, did he get his money’s worth…

I chased him down afterwards. “I had to,” he told me. “She’s beautiful, you know? It was awesome.” He was beaming from ear to ear.

It’s unclear if he was the only taker, but you can see more text and photos, including her sign and a hug, over at Bohemian. Did nobody drop a c-note?

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Comments (21)
  1. amrit, now is your chance!!

  2. How much for a snowball?

  3. Anyone have tour dates for the She & Him kissing booth?

  4. After seeing this picture I’d say that congratulations are in order for Bradford Cox for finally kissing a girl. You go, boy!

  5. Marnie, do it again in NYC and I’ll be happy to spend my salary on you.

  6. alf  |   Posted on Nov 17th, 2008 0

    shit,if i knew she was in LA this weekend,i would have been there.after 3 beers i would have turned into a generous gene and dropped the 100 in a heartbeat…shucks.

    come back to LA marnie…this creep will be waiting.

  7. having been at the show, to be fair, she didn’t announce it enough. i got there a little late, and she didn’t mention it once while onstage. plus people may have wanted a BOOTH/refrigerator box or a SIGN. of which there was neither.

    i spent my money on a handknit ipod sleeve. more than a peck, but less than mouth-to-mouth and i can tongue it as much as i want.

  8. having been at the show, to be fair, she didn’t announce it enough. i got there a little late, and she didn’t mention it once while onstage. plus people may have wanted a BOOTH/refrigerator box or a SIGN. of which there was neither.

    i spent my money on a handknit ipod sleeve. more than a peck, but less than mouth-to-mouth and i can tongue it as much as i want.

  9. Meg  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2008 0

    Man… That’s my friend Paul who kissed Marnie Stern.

    This is lovely. :D I feel proud to know such a fella.

  10. Meg  |   Posted on Nov 25th, 2008 0

    Man… That’s my friend Paul who kissed Marnie Stern.

    This is lovely. :D I feel proud to know such a fella.

  11. That’s our Pauly! :D

  12. What the hell? What were these people thinking? KISS HER. SHE’S AMAZING.

  13. karina  |   Posted on Oct 14th, 2009 0

    you and you boys looking hot and you ever had sex with him

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